Professor Melanie Bahlo

Professor Melanie Bahlo is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and the “Healthy Ageing and Development” Theme Leader at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. She heads the statistical genetics laboratory focusing on the development of new methods to analyse complex genetic data. Prof. Bahlo’s laboratory is highly collaborative, working closely with clinical researchers to understand the causes and mechanisms of genetic disorders such as epilepsy, brain malformations and ataxia. The software and analytical methods developed by Prof. Bahlo’s team has led to the discovery of >20 novel genes.

Prof Bahlo heads the bioinformatics analysis of the MacTel Consortium, an international consortium that is seeking to identify causes and treatment of Macular Telangiectasia Type 2 (MacTel), a rare, but complex eye disorder. Her group led the analysis of the first GWAS in MacTel, which identified the first genes for MacTel in 2017 (Scerri et al, Nat Genet 2017).